Excellent location and overall login conditions. The host ensures all necessary Information and whatever îs necessary in a house for 10days
Good practical location for food shopping, and well located to several Metro stations.
Relaxed atmosphere in the building and on the street.
Apartment has wifi,stereo,and T.V. plus a voip telephone.
Shower is good.
Towels and sheets are proper.
The kitchen has all one needs.
Place is easy to ventilate ( enough windows).
So it was very good.
I'd go back,no problem.
Didier had helpful suggestions re transportation, and seeing the town.
I wish we had chosen a different accommodation for our second trip to Paris. Staying at this property was certainly not the highlight of our trip. The building was in a dull, residential neighborhood nowhere near anything interesting. The building was old and dilapidated. The apartment was on a third floor (no elevator). It was super small – with extremely awkward layout. The bathroom (without a door - zero privacy) had the smallest shower I have ever used and it was in one of the bedrooms. The hot water supply in the bathroom was insufficient - it ran out after 10 minutes. WC was in the kitchen and it was a size of a broom closet. I am a petite woman and I could barely fit in there after the door was closed. The kitchen was terribly outdated – some appliances looked like they belonged in the past century. The coffee machine was completely useless, the fridge barely fit anything and there was no dishwasher. The living room entertainment equipment was no better – 18” old TV and CD/tape (!?) player. The living room was cramped, furnished with a mix of tired looking furniture. The whole apartment was cluttered and very dusty which made my husband who’s allergic congested through the entire stay. You could tell that the place hasn’t been thoroughly cleaned in quite some time. The worst part however, was that we had to interact with a horridly obnoxious, unprofessional, rude and disrespectful property manager – Didier, who not only didn’t address any our requests or concerns but harassed us on daily basis with random phone calls and towards the end wouldn’t allow us to leave until he conducted some bizarre inspection. Note to the owner – you should seriously consider other property managers. This individual - Didier has zero customer service skills and should not be allowed anywhere near them.
This review is solely to provide the facts on this rental unit. I don't speak for any other traveler, only for myself and my family. Personally, I do not recommend this rental for families, especially those with small children. You may not have any issues with the information I provide regarding this apartment and find the rental satisfactory. However, below are my thoughts.
The price of the rental ($99 USD) and the location (border of 7th and 15th Arr.) are good if you are on a budget and want to be relatively close to central Paris. The metro station is not very close but close enough to be able to get around the city easily enough. There are a few cafes and several supermarkets nearby but relatively speaking the location is rather subdued. The building was constructed in the 1890's so there is no elevator and the stairs to the 2nd floor rental (3rd floor for Americans) is narrow and windy. You will need to hold your child's hand if they are small.
Once inside the rental, you will first notice the layout. The small kitchen is immediately in front as you enter. To the left is one bedroom with a double bed. To the right a small sitting room with a table, futon and entertainment. Off of the sitting room is the second bedroom with another double bed. The bathroom is separated into two parts. The standing shower and sink are in the bedroom next to the kitchen and does not have a door for any privacy whatsoever. All renters will have to have access to this bedroom in order to take a shower. The shower runs on a 50 liter tank and has about 30 minutes of hot water before running cold. Groups of four will need to minimize their shower time.
The toilet is literally a W.C. or Water Closet. It is inside the kitchen right next to the rental entrance. It contains the toilet with a draw string release and shares the small space with cleaning supplies such as mops, brooms and a bucket. If you are sitting on the toilet, your head will touch the door. Once you flush, it is not always certain everything will go down in one go.
The kitchen has older appliances (no dishwasher). If you drink tea or coffee know that the hot water kettle has not been cleaned in a while and the espresso machine is rather clogged. It will take about 10 minutes for the espresso to drip into a cup enough to drink. If you drink tea, I recommend heating water in the microwave instead. The refrigerator is a small, college-size unit so no big shopping run if you were planning on it.
The things in the sitting room are also very dated. Both the TV and stereo were made in the 1990's as well as the collection of classical CDs. We did not open the futon so I don't have anything to say about that.
The rental does not have air condition, which is only an issue in summer months. However, the front bedroom faces a busy street so opening the windows at night means traffic noises. The back bedroom faces a quiet court yard so an open window will still mean silence. The view from the back bedroom into the court yard is unique. It looks down onto two extremely dilapidated brick houses also probably built in the 1890's. Depending on your disposition, you'll either think it's rustic chic or creepy weird.
Finally, the rental is very dusty and does not get a thorough cleaning when guest changeover occurs. If you have any issues with dust, please be aware that this rental may be a problem for you.
Overall, I do not recommend this rental. However, as stated in my introduction, none of what I described may be an issue to you and you may decide it's better to stay here and not spend a little more for a better quality rental that will ultimately make for a much better experience in Paris for you and your family.
Didier was extremely kind and helpful, carrying bags up stairs, providing local info, and very hospitable! The apartment is perfectly adequate for a family of four, or two couples, with galley kitchen, including espresso machine, washing machine, microwave, oven, tv, free landline phone, lounge, 2 separate bedrooms, one overlooking the Rue Lecourbe, and the other onto an inner courtyard. Towels and toiletries provided, and very secure. Local supermarkets and restaurants within easy walking distance, and 3 Metro stations serving different lines all within 10 minutes walk - all of Paris easily accessible! Merci Didier!